MSU Makes $500 Million Settlement to Survivors
As we begin to finalize the allocation for each of our 111 survivors of the initial 333 who settled with MSU in the largest university sexual assault scandal in history, we turn our focus on behalf of over 60 survivors to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Gymnastics (USAG) for their failures to protect young girls and athletes dating back to the 1970s. We do this as Nassar rots in prison and some of his enablers and those complicit are criminally charged and awaiting trial.
Independent Investigation of USOC and USAG is Shocking
While not much shocks me anymore after working on behalf of our client survivors for over 2 years now, the recently released 233 page report prepared by the law firm commissioned by the USOC, Ropes & Gray, thoroughly details the inaction of USOC executives. The report identifies myriad sordid allegations about missteps by top officials at USAG. Scandalous email threads and attempted sanitation of information to cover up these bad acts is infuriating to me. And the molestation of young girls and athletes was not only committed by Nassar. Many different coaches and trainers have been victimizing young people back to the 1970s.
US Gymnast Claims Coach Forced Her to Perform Oral Sex on Him Twice a Day to Get to the Olympics
Marcia Frederick alleges that from age 16 to age 18, Richard Carlson, her gymnastics coach, would force her to perform oral sex, beginning in 1979. Once she came forward, USAG, unlike most other national governing bodies that had sexual misconduct complaints, did not turn her report over to an independent authority like the US Center for Safe Sport. Instead, USAG attempted to investigate this claim on its own, according to published accounts. According to a declaration of Kathy Scanlan, her sworn statement under oath states in part that from 1994 to 1998, while President of USAG, she on multiple occasions expressed concerns to USOC that sexual abuse of minors was an issue in USAG. USOC did not want to hear about it, did not do anything about it. It is clear to me that both USAG and USOC were more interested in winning gold medals than the safety of young girls and athletes.
With USAG filing for bankruptcy protection, anyone who may have been abused, assaulted, or molested by any coach, doctor, or trainer affiliated with USAG will have to make their claim soon or be forever barred. We are prepared at Grewal Law to answer any questions you may have.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.